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Not Quite New Orleans Weather

Not Quite New Orleans Weather

Today is the day of the famous annual Mardi Gras festival in New Orleans, Louisiana. Also known as Fat Tuesday, the carnival features a day of parades and celebrations on the day before the Christian holiday Ash Wednesday. While New Orleans temperatures are expected to be balmy today, reaching close to 70°F (21°C), here in the Boston area temperatures will hover around the freezing mark this afternoon.

While it will remain cold and breezy this afternoon, one can rest assured that the area will stay dry over the next couple of days as high pressure takes hold over the New England region. This will result in clear skies and calming winds through tomorrow afternoon. Though the temperature will continue to climb through the end of the week, cloudiness will build on Thursday and Friday as the possibility of showers arises. While this week’s weather won’t quite be as enjoyable as that of sunny New Orleans, it could be worse: During this week in 1969, the Boston area experienced 101 hours of continual snowfall!

Extended Forecast

Tonight: Mostly clear, Low 19°F (-7°C)

Tomorrow: Sunny and calm, High 36°F (2°C)

Thursday: A chance of rain or snow showers, Highs in the mid 40s°F (8°C)

Friday: A chance of rain showers, Highs in the mid 40s°F (8°C)